Weekend Update: Jekyll Island International Triathlon, Green and Lean 5k, Ragnar Cape Cod

Yet another awesome weekend of racing in the books!

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The Jekyll Island International Triathlon was the kick-off race for Sarah and she kicked ass.   Last year she finished in 3:07 so her goal this year was to break 3 hours.  Based on how she’s been performing this year I tried to tell her this was setting the bar WAY too low.

 

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Needless to say, when she texted me that she smashed her goal- finishing in 2:44,  placing 2nd in her AG only 40 seconds from first, and coming in 5th overall female- I was not even the least bit surprised. Elated yes, surprised no.   I am so very proud of her!!!

 

 

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Also a quick shout out to Sarah’s husband Josh, who also had a great race and placed in his AG for the first time!  He’s recently been using the magical weapon of training at TotalCyclist and he knows it’s helping him get stronger on the bike.

Brian had a great day at the Green and Lean 5k.  This was the first race under his belt since we have started working together, having been sidelined by injuries and surgery for quite some time.  He did GREAT and won his AG. We’ve been periodically “testing” his mile and 5k paces in training and his 6:45 average pace this weekend is faster than his 1 mile pace a few months back.  At this rate’ll be sub-20 minutes in no time and closer to all his 2017 goals.

Finally, Melissa had a great weekend at the Ragnar Cape Cod Relay.  She participated with her daughter Emily and ran 3 legs with a total of 19 miles, and got stronger and faster as she went along.

Check back next week as we will have a HUGE presence at the first Charleston Sprint Series race.

Weekend Update: TryCharleston

While Parris Island triathlon is the official kick-off race of the season, TryCharleston is the official first race of the Charleston local scene.

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I love the races where Team AMEC has a big presence.  Everyone is so supportive of one another and it makes for such a great race experience. They stick around until the last one of them finishes and offer encouragement to one another- even when they are technically racing each other in the same AG.

There were both a international and sprint distance this year and we had racers in both.

 

Darrell, still flying high after his huge Cooper River Bridge Run PR, crushed it again.  He set an international distance PR and placed 2nd in his AG.

Jason, still coming back from a nagging run injury all winter, is building back his speed. No PR today, but we set a benchmark for his international distance time to beat later this season.

Melisa finished her first triathlon in over a year due to a chronic muscular issue.  She jumped into the international distance and gave it her all. I’m very proud of her determination.

In the Sprint distance, our ladies did very well.

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Melissa took a break from structured training over the winter and I am so happy to have her back in the swing of things.  She killed it, placing 3rd in her AG.

Dawn also had a great day.  After a huge bummer of being involved in a bike crash a few weeks ago and breaking her brand new bike, she picked herself up and dusted off her old bike and did GREAT.  She placed 4th in her AG.

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Bree had a great day and placed 2nd in her division.

Great work everyone and stay tuned for more great results!

Weekend Update: Cooper River Bridge Run and Humane Society 5k

This might have been one of the best years at the Bridge Run for Team AMEC.   All the hard training paid off and everyone cruised into the finish line happy with their times and we had lots of PRs.

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Lets start with PRs…

Sarah shaved 1:20 off her previous best and met her goal of breaking 45 minutes with a time of 43:41 and 13th in her AG- which is amazing considering how many racers she was up against.

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Missy shaved 5:30 (CRAZY!!!!!) off her previous best bridge run AND PR’ed her 10k time in general by almost 4 minutes.

 

Darrell shaved almost 4 minutes off his last year’s time- when he wasn’t yet with Team AMEC, I might add ;-).  He also came in under 45 minutes with a time of 44:27.

 

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Elizabeth shaved and incredible NINE minutes of her previous best.

 

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Burt ran with his youngest and came in at an impressive 48:05.  Also a huge prop to his oldest (which you can see is NOT old ;-)) for coming in at an incredible 41:45.

 

Milo used this as a taper run for his half ironman next weekend and came in at 49:15.  Not a shabby time!

 

And, while no PRS for Ken or Jason, it was to be expected since both have been coming back from injury.  Both came in under 50 minutes which is a great time- and since neither of them have been running much for the last month I am super impressed.

 

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And finally a shout out to Patty who ran the Wilmington area Humane Society 5k. Much of the race was on sand and mulch and she still PR’ed her overall 5k time.  That put her 1st in her AG.

 

Great job, everyone! See you next week for more updates.

Weekend Update: Parris Island Triathlon and Rugged Maniac

The Parris Island triathlon marks the official beginning of tri season here in South Carolina, and it’s a great race to assess where we are fitness-wise and where we need to make improvements.  It’s never anyone’s peak fitness race, but we had some GREAT results none the less.

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Missy started off the season with a bang- coming in with a PR of 5 minutes from this race last year!!!!  She finished 5th in her very competitive AG and I am very pleased with where we are starting from. She has a long season ahead with her first full ironman in the fall. I am looking forward to helping her get there.

 

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Tracey is starting off her season with not quite as much early season training as we would have liked as work has been getting in the way. However, she did have a good race coming in 8th in her AG.  Plus, she then had enough energy to quickly recover and run the Beaufort Twilight 5k that evening. She came in 4th in her AG that evening.

 

 

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Sheri had fun and put out a good race time.  She beat her goal run split by almost 1:30, which shows the hard work on improving her run over the off-season.  She place 10th in her AG. I am happy with where we are starting and looking forward to a great season with her.

 

No picture of Burt but he had a great race. We’ve only been working together a few months, and we were definitely expecting for him to be in prime race shape this weekend.  After last weekend’s 2 man team WIN at Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10 x 5k we did some quick early week recovery and he finished 4th Open Master’s Male and 8th overall male with a time of 59 minutes.  I know we can fine tune his training and get him super fast for the sprint series and then a late season half ironman.

 

 

And finally, a quick shout out to Dawn and her Rugged Maniac team. IMG_1483

 

One of the off-season goals that we had this year was to improve her overall strength- which meant lots of boot camps and at home strength workouts.  It paid off as she said, “I can’t believe how much stronger I was than the last time I did this.” As most of you know, I’m a very firm believer in strength work and I know this added strength will show in her triathlon race results this year as well.

 

That’s it for this week but check back soon.  In the meantime, train smart.  If you want my help,  I still have a couple coaching slots for the 2017 season and it’s not too late to get started!

 

Weekend Update: Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10x 5k, Azalea Triathlon, Race to LiveWell Duathlon, East Cooper Land Trust 5k

It’s that time of year again for every weekend racing! This weekend marks the beginning and it was a great one for everyone.

Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10 x 5k

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This race is a very, very special one.  It was started by Noah Moore in honor of his precious son Peyton who passed away in 2013.  Peyton (pictured left) was a local runner, track and field star and all around great kid who was beloved by all.  There were so many people from the local running community out there that I can’t mention them all, but here are the results from my coached athletes.

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It brings me so much joy to say that Burt and his son Marshall were the overall 10x5k 2-man relay winners.  Marshall was one of Peyton’s best friends and it was really important to him to do well.  I am so excited that they WON!!! Here’s what Burt had to say: “Going into stage 9 of our division, 3 teams were all within 45 seconds of each other. Marshall ripped off a great run in stage 9 which gave us a bigger lead and I didn’t break down in stage 10 :) Those 5k intervals I’ve been doing certainly helped. We both stayed within 30 seconds on all of our 5k splits. We are very close with Noah and Jen so it was really special to have them present the award to us. ”

 

 

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This was Sheri’s first time at such an event and she did GREAT in her 2 person female team with Diana.  All 5 of her 5ks were very close in time, indicating that she has mastered the art of endurance pacing and is very well-trained.  This is her second year in endurance sport and I am so excited to watch her improve during triathlon season.

 

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Joelle (in gray, right) pushed through an IT band issue in order to not disappoint her teammate Ed. I’m not necessarily condoning such behavior as her coach, but I certainly didn’t discourage her from doing what she felt like she really needed/wanted to do.  So, now we give her body a little break to recover and move on to tri season.

 

 

Azalea Triathlon

The Azalea triathlon, held in Wilmington, NC was the first Setup Events NCTS race of the year.  Naturally, after the warmest February on record it was freezing cold this year. Although it wasn’t a PR, Patty did really well considering the conditions.  It’s hard when a race doesn’t go exactly as planned but we all know it happens.  She’ll be racing again in 2 weeks and I expect great results!

Race to LiveWell Duathlon

A very special athlete raced the Race to LiveWell Duathlon in Greenville, SC this weekend.  Elizabeth is my BFF, having gone to high school together in Charleston and then racing bikes competitively together for the last 7 years.  This was her first multi-sport race ever and my first privilege to coach her and she did GREAT. The race was held at the Donaldson Center in Greenville. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a great hilly course that’s been used for bike racing for years. She came in 8th in her division (a top-ten finish- yay!),  she had a great time, and I had a weak moment and committed to doing one with her in November.

East Cooper Land Trust 5k

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The East Cooper Land Trust is such an important organization in our rapidly growing community as their mission is to conserve green space in our area for all to enjoy.  Their annual Race&Roast is a fun event with a trail run 5k. Sarah went out and crushed it- her first trail race ever- and finished 2nd Overall Female!IMG_3586.JPG

 

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She has had a hell of a year and I am expecting HUGE things from her this tri season, especially now with her fancy new bike and wheels 😉

 

 

 

Parting notes…. I have mentioned this before and I am shamelessly plugging myself again. Don’t forget to follow my adventures this summer as I do Race Across America. Our Bike Law/Cycle for Survival facebook page will keep you in the know of all the good, bad, and the ugly that transpires from now until the minute we cross the finish line.

ALSO…. I have a couple openings for coaching.  Here are some things you should know:  It’s not too late to get started.  I am not just for elite athletes- I have great people of all abilities.  I would love to have you, as would all my great Team AMEC athletes.  Contact me: anne@annemoorecoaching.com and let’s chat.

Have a great week, check back next Monday for another great weekend of results.